Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims his team never gave up hope of winning the Barclays Premier League crown ahead of Sunday's final fixture against QPR.

Mancini publicly declared the title race over after City crashed to a damaging defeat at Arsenal last month that left them eight points behind Manchester United, but City clawed back that deficit in the space of their next four games, including a derby victory over United at the Etihad Stadium.

They now face QPR leading the table from United on goal difference and Mancini feels the Emirates Stadium reverse was a blessing in disguise, as the Italian said: "In the moment it was good for us, it took off all our pressure. We believed we could play a derby three or two points behind. We believed always, also when we were eight points behind."

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